Community, Crew Celebrate USS Duluth Anchor Memorial

Updated: 08/23/2014 9:22 AM
Created: 08/22/2014 5:17 PM
By: Briggs LeSavage

After 40 years of service, crew members, commanders and community members came together during Navy Week to honor USS Duluth at the unveiling of a memorial for its anchor Friday. 

The anchor's new home is between two other memorials on Duluth's Lakewalk. Many hours spend driving the anchor to Duluth from Texas and weeks of construction from dozens of local contributors were honored by nearly a hundred visitors today.

"Because of their love for the ship, their rightfully proud service to our country, there was a connection between those who served on this great ship and our community," Duluth Mayor Don Ness said. 

Former crew member Don Rowe said it was an honor to have his ship remembered today, and while the rest of the USS Duluth was scrapped, it's special to have this remaining token on display. 

"As residents of the city for which this ship was named, you have much to be proud of and we, as her crew, are honored to have had the opportunity to serve aboard this great, great lady."

Rowe said some members of the crew are working with the St. Louis County Historical Society to build a museum exhibit to honor the ship.